Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

In this verse God patiently explains to Job the limitations He has set for the waves of the sea. Sometimes we think evil has no bounds- that it has free reign to wreak havoc in our lives without any restrictions. However, God Almighty sets the stopping point for the attacks of the devil against us.

In Job's life God had a predetermined time when He would suddenly throw the whole process into reverse, thus ending the greatest test endured by any human being other than Christ. Job's patience in trial became the most significant witness of patience in biblical history: "We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. Job is an example of a man who endured patiently. From his experience we see how the Lord's plan finally ended in good, for he is full of tenderness and mercy" (James 5:11).

The proud waters of evil may be threatening to overwhelm you, but God knows the moment when they will hit their predetermined limit. On that day your enemy will be like a wild dog at the end of a long chain, and you will be able to rest peacefully as God says to the enemy, "This far and no farther!"

Job 37:1-39:30

37 “At this my heart poundsPs 38:10; Isa 15:5; Jer 4:19; Hab 3:16

and leaps from its place.

Listen!S Job 32:10 Listen to the roar of his voice,ver 5

to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.Ps 18:13; 29:3-9

He unleashes his lightningS 2Sa 22:13; Ps 18:14 beneath the whole heaven

and sends it to the ends of the earth.S Job 36:32; Mt 24:27; Lk 17:24

After that comes the sound of his roar;

he thundersS 1Sa 2:10 with his majestic voice.S Ex 20:19

When his voice resounds,

he holds nothing back.

God’s voice thundersS 1Sa 2:10; Jn 12:29 in marvelous ways;S Job 36:33

he does great things beyond our understanding.S Job 5:9; S 11:7-9; S 36:4

He says to the snow,Dt 28:12; Job 38:22 ‘Fall on the earth,’

and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’S Ge 7:4; S Job 5:10; S 28:26

So that everyone he has made may know his work,Ps 109:27

he stops all people from their labor.Or work, / he fills all people with fear by his powerPs 104:19-23; 111:2

The animals take cover;S Job 28:26

they remain in their dens.Job 38:40; Ps 104:22

The tempest comes out from its chamber,Ps 50:3

the cold from the driving winds.Ps 147:17

10 The breath of God produces ice,

and the broad waters become frozen.Job 38:29-30; Ps 147:17

11 He loads the clouds with moisture;S Job 26:8

he scatters his lightningS Job 36:30 through them.S Job 28:26

12 At his direction they swirl around

over the face of the whole earth

to do whatever he commands them.S ver 3; Ps 147:16; 148:8

13 He brings the clouds to punish people,S Ge 7:4; Ex 9:22-23; S 1Sa 12:17

or to water his earth and show his love.S 1Ki 18:45; S Job 5:10; S 36:31; 38:27

14 “ListenS Job 32:10 to this, Job;

stop and consider God’s wonders.S Job 5:9

15 Do you know how God controls the clouds

and makes his lightningS Job 36:30 flash?S Job 36:32

16 Do you know how the clouds hang poised,S Job 36:29

those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?S Job 5:9; S 36:4

17 You who swelter in your clothes

when the land lies hushed under the south wind,Ac 27:13

18 can you join him in spreading out the skies,S Ge 1:1, 8; S Job 22:14

hard as a mirror of cast bronze?Dt 28:23

19 “Tell us what we should say to him;Ro 8:26

we cannot draw up our caseS Job 13:18 because of our darkness.S Job 9:3

20 Should he be told that I want to speak?

Would anyone ask to be swallowed up?

21 Now no one can look at the sun,S Jdg 5:31; Ac 22:11; 26:13

bright as it is in the skies

after the wind has swept them clean.

22 Out of the north he comes in golden splendor;Ps 19:5

God comes in awesome majesty.Ex 24:17

23 The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power;S Job 5:9; S 36:4; Ro 11:33; 1Ti 6:16

in his justiceS Job 8:3 and great righteousness, he does not oppress.S Job 4:17; Ps 44:1; Isa 63:9; Jer 25:5; La 3:33; Eze 18:23, 32

24 Therefore, people revere him,S Ge 22:12; Job 28:28; Ecc 12:13; Mic 6:8; Mt 10:28

for does he not have regard for all the wiseS Job 5:13; Eph 5:15 in heart?Or for he does not have regard for any who think they are wise.

The Lord Speaks

38 Then the Lord spoke to JobS Job 11:5 out of the storm.S Ex 14:21; S 1Sa 2:10; Job 40:6; Isa 21:1; Eze 1:4 He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plansS 1Ki 22:5; Isa 40:13

with words without knowledge?S Job 34:35; Mk 10:38; 1Ti 1:7

Brace yourself like a man;

I will question you,

and you shall answer me.Job 40:7; 42:4; Mk 11:29

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?S ver 5; S Ge 1:1; S 1Sa 2:8

Tell me, if you understand.ver 18; S Job 34:13; Pr 30:4

Who marked off its dimensions?ver 4; Ps 102:25; Pr 8:29; Isa 40:12; 48:13; Jer 31:37 Surely you know!

Who stretched a measuring lineJer 31:39; Zec 1:16; 4:9-10 across it?

On what were its footings set,Pr 8:25

or who laid its cornerstoneS Job 26:7

while the morning starsS Ge 1:16 sang togetherPs 19:1-4; 148:2-3

and all the angelsHebrew the sons of GodS 1Ki 22:19 shouted for joy?S Dt 16:15

“Who shut up the sea behind doorsver 11; Ps 33:7; Pr 8:29; Jer 5:22

when it burst forth from the womb,S Ge 1:9-10

when I made the clouds its garment

and wrapped it in thick darkness,S Ge 1:2

10 when I fixed limits for itS Job 28:25; Ps 33:7; 104:9; Isa 40:12

and set its doors and bars in place,Ne 3:3; Job 7:12; 26:10

11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;S ver 8

here is where your proud waves halt’?Ps 65:7; 89:9; 104:6-9

12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning,Ps 57:8

or shown the dawn its place,Ps 74:16; Am 5:8

13 that it might take the earth by the edges

and shake the wickedPs 104:35 out of it?S Job 8:22

14 The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;Ex 28:11

its features stand out like those of a garment.

15 The wicked are denied their light,S Dt 28:29; S Job 15:22; S 18:5

and their upraised arm is broken.S Ge 17:14; S Job 4:10; S 31:22

16 “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea

or walked in the recesses of the deep?S Ge 1:7; S Job 9:8

17 Have the gates of deathS Job 33:22; Mt 16:18; Rev 1:18 been shown to you?

Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?S Job 7:9

18 Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?S Job 28:24; Isa 40:12

Tell me, if you know all this.S ver 4

19 “What is the way to the abode of light?

And where does darkness reside?S Ge 1:4; S Job 28:3; Ps 139:11-12

20 Can you take them to their places?

Do you know the pathsS Job 24:13 to their dwellings?

21 Surely you know, for you were already born!Job 15:7

You have lived so many years!

22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snowS Job 37:6

or seen the storehousesS Dt 28:12 of the hail,Ps 105:32; 147:17

23 which I reserve for times of trouble,Ps 27:5; Isa 28:17; 30:30; Eze 13:11

for days of war and battle?Ex 9:26; Jos 10:11; Eze 13:13; Rev 16:21

24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,S Job 28:24

or the place where the east windsS Job 27:21 are scattered over the earth?Jer 10:13; 51:16

25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,

and a path for the thunderstorm,Job 28:26

26 to waterJob 36:27 a land where no one lives,

an uninhabited desert,Ps 84:6; 107:35; Isa 41:18

27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland

and make it sprout with grass?S Job 28:26; S 37:13; S Ps 104:14

28 Does the rain have a father?S 2Sa 1:21; S Job 5:10

Who fathers the drops of dew?

29 From whose womb comes the ice?

Who gives birth to the frost from the heavensPs 147:16-17

30 when the waters become hard as stone,

when the surface of the deep is frozen?Job 37:10

31 “Can you bind the chainsSeptuagint; Hebrew beauty of the Pleiades?

Can you loosen Orion’s belt?Job 9:9; Am 5:8

32 Can you bring forth the constellations2Ki 23:5; Isa 13:10; 40:26; 45:12; Jer 19:13 in their seasonsOr the morning star in its season

or lead out the BearOr out Leo with its cubs?S Ge 1:16

33 Do you know the lawsPs 148:6; Jer 31:36 of the heavens?S Ge 1:16

Can you set up God’sOr their dominion over the earth?

34 “Can you raise your voice to the clouds

and cover yourself with a flood of water?S Job 5:10; S 22:11

35 Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?S Job 36:32

Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

36 Who gives the ibis wisdomThat is, wisdom about the flooding of the NileS Job 9:4; S 34:32; Jas 1:5

or gives the rooster understanding?That is, understanding of when to crow; the meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.S Job 12:13

37 Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?

Who can tip over the water jarsS Jos 3:16 of the heavensS Job 22:11

38 when the dust becomes hardS Lev 26:19

and the clods of earth stick together?1Ki 18:45

39 “Do you hunt the prey for the lioness

and satisfy the hunger of the lionsS Ge 49:9

40 when they crouch in their densS Job 37:8

or lie in wait in a thicket?S Ge 49:9

41 Who provides foodS Ge 1:30 for the ravenS Ge 8:7; Lk 12:24

when its young cry out to God

and wander about for lack of food?Ps 147:9; S Mt 6:26

39 “Do you know when the mountain goatsS Dt 14:5 give birth?

Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn?Ge 49:21

Do you count the months till they bear?

Do you know the time they give birth?S Ge 31:7-9

They crouch down and bring forth their young;

their labor pains are ended.

Their young thrive and grow strong in the wilds;

they leave and do not return.

“Who let the wild donkeyS Ge 16:12 go free?

Who untied its ropes?

I gave it the wastelandJob 24:5; Ps 107:34; Jer 2:24 as its home,

the salt flatsJob 30:4 as its habitat.Job 30:7; Jer 14:6; 17:6

It laughsS Job 5:22 at the commotion in the town;

it does not hear a driver’s shout.Job 3:18

It ranges the hillsIsa 32:20 for its pasture

and searches for any green thing.

“Will the wild oxS Nu 23:22 consent to serve you?S Ex 21:6

Will it stay by your mangerS Ge 42:27 at night?

10 Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness?Job 41:13; Ps 32:9

Will it till the valleys behind you?

11 Will you rely on it for its great strength?ver 19; Job 40:16; 41:12, 22; Ps 147:10

Will you leave your heavy work to it?

12 Can you trust it to haul in your grain

and bring it to your threshing floor?

13 “The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully,

though they cannot compare

with the wings and feathers of the stork.Zec 5:9

14 She lays her eggs on the ground

and lets them warm in the sand,

15 unmindful that a foot may crush them,

that some wild animal may trample them.2Ki 14:9

16 She treats her young harshly,ver 17; La 4:3 as if they were not hers;

she cares not that her labor was in vain,

17 for God did not endow her with wisdom

or give her a share of good sense.S ver 16; S Job 21:22

18 Yet when she spreads her feathers to run,

she laughsS Job 5:22 at horse and rider.

19 “Do you give the horse its strengthS ver 11

or clothe its neck with a flowing mane?

20 Do you make it leap like a locust,Joel 2:4-5; Rev 9:7

striking terrorJob 41:25 with its proud snorting?Jer 8:16

21 It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength,ver 11

and charges into the fray.Jer 8:6

22 It laughsS Job 5:22 at fear, afraid of nothing;

it does not shy away from the sword.

23 The quiverIsa 5:28; Jer 5:16 rattles against its side,

along with the flashing spearNa 3:3 and lance.

24 In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground;

it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds.Nu 10:9; Jer 4:5, 19; Eze 7:14; Am 3:6

25 At the blast of the trumpetJos 6:5 it snorts, ‘Aha!’

It catches the scent of battle from afar,

the shout of commanders and the battle cry.Jer 8:6; Am 1:14; 2:2

26 “Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom

and spread its wings toward the south?Jer 8:7

27 Does the eagle soar at your command

and build its nest on high?Jer 49:16; Ob 1:4; Hab 2:9

28 It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night;

a rocky cragJer 49:16; Ob 1:3 is its stronghold.

29 From there it looks for food;S Job 9:26

its eyes detect it from afar.

30 Its young ones feast on blood,

and where the slain are, there it is.”Mt 24:28; Lk 17:37

37 “My heart pounds as I think of this.

It trembles within me.

Listen carefully to the thunder of God’s voice

as it rolls from his mouth.

It rolls across the heavens,

and his lightning flashes in every direction.

Then comes the roaring of the thunder—

the tremendous voice of his majesty.

He does not restrain it when he speaks.

God’s voice is glorious in the thunder.

We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.

“He directs the snow to fall on the earth

and tells the rain to pour down.

Then everyone stops working

so they can watch his power.

The wild animals take cover

and stay inside their dens.

The stormy wind comes from its chamber,

and the driving winds bring the cold.

10 God’s breath sends the ice,

freezing wide expanses of water.

11 He loads the clouds with moisture,

and they flash with his lightning.

12 The clouds churn about at his direction.

They do whatever he commands throughout the earth.

13 He makes these things happen either to punish people

or to show his unfailing love.

14 “Pay attention to this, Job.

Stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God!

15 Do you know how God controls the storm

and causes the lightning to flash from his clouds?

16 Do you understand how he moves the clouds

with wonderful perfection and skill?

17 When you are sweltering in your clothes

and the south wind dies down and everything is still,

18 he makes the skies reflect the heat like a bronze mirror.

Can you do that?

19 “So teach the rest of us what to say to God.

We are too ignorant to make our own arguments.

20 Should God be notified that I want to speak?

Can people even speak when they are confused?Or speak without being swallowed up?

21 We cannot look at the sun,

for it shines brightly in the sky

when the wind clears away the clouds.

22 So also, golden splendor comes from the mountain of God.Or from the north; or from the abode.

He is clothed in dazzling splendor.

23 We cannot imagine the power of the Almighty;

but even though he is just and righteous,

he does not destroy us.

24 No wonder people everywhere fear him.

All who are wise show him reverence.As in Greek version; Hebrew reads He is not impressed by the wise.

The Lord Challenges Job

38 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind:

“Who is this that questions my wisdom

with such ignorant words?

Brace yourself like a man,

because I have some questions for you,

and you must answer them.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?

Tell me, if you know so much.

Who determined its dimensions

and stretched out the surveying line?

What supports its foundations,

and who laid its cornerstone

as the morning stars sang together

and all the angelsHebrew the sons of God. shouted for joy?

“Who kept the sea inside its boundaries

as it burst from the womb,

and as I clothed it with clouds

and wrapped it in thick darkness?

10 For I locked it behind barred gates,

limiting its shores.

11 I said, ‘This far and no farther will you come.

Here your proud waves must stop!’

12 “Have you ever commanded the morning to appear

and caused the dawn to rise in the east?

13 Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth,

to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?

14 As the light approaches,

the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal;

it is robed in brilliant colors.Or its features stand out like folds in a robe.

15 The light disturbs the wicked

and stops the arm that is raised in violence.

16 “Have you explored the springs from which the seas come?

Have you explored their depths?

17 Do you know where the gates of death are located?

Have you seen the gates of utter gloom?

18 Do you realize the extent of the earth?

Tell me about it if you know!

19 “Where does light come from,

and where does darkness go?

20 Can you take each to its home?

Do you know how to get there?

21 But of course you know all this!

For you were born before it was all created,

and you are so very experienced!

22 “Have you visited the storehouses of the snow

or seen the storehouses of hail?

23 (I have reserved them as weapons for the time of trouble,

for the day of battle and war.)

24 Where is the path to the source of light?

Where is the home of the east wind?

25 “Who created a channel for the torrents of rain?

Who laid out the path for the lightning?

26 Who makes the rain fall on barren land,

in a desert where no one lives?

27 Who sends rain to satisfy the parched ground

and make the tender grass spring up?

28 “Does the rain have a father?

Who gives birth to the dew?

29 Who is the mother of the ice?

Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?

30 For the water turns to ice as hard as rock,

and the surface of the water freezes.

31 “Can you direct the movement of the stars—

binding the cluster of the Pleiades

or loosening the cords of Orion?

32 Can you direct the constellations through the seasons

or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens?

33 Do you know the laws of the universe?

Can you use them to regulate the earth?

34 “Can you shout to the clouds

and make it rain?

35 Can you make lightning appear

and cause it to strike as you direct?

36 Who gives intuition to the heart

and instinct to the mind?

37 Who is wise enough to count all the clouds?

Who can tilt the water jars of heaven

38 when the parched ground is dry

and the soil has hardened into clods?

39 “Can you stalk prey for a lioness

and satisfy the young lions’ appetites

40 as they lie in their dens

or crouch in the thicket?

41 Who provides food for the ravens

when their young cry out to God

and wander about in hunger?

The Lord’s Challenge Continues

39 “Do you know when the wild goats give birth?

Have you watched as deer are born in the wild?

Do you know how many months they carry their young?

Are you aware of the time of their delivery?

They crouch down to give birth to their young

and deliver their offspring.

Their young grow up in the open fields,

then leave home and never return.

“Who gives the wild donkey its freedom?

Who untied its ropes?

I have placed it in the wilderness;

its home is the wasteland.

It hates the noise of the city

and has no driver to shout at it.

The mountains are its pastureland,

where it searches for every blade of grass.

“Will the wild ox consent to being tamed?

Will it spend the night in your stall?

10 Can you hitch a wild ox to a plow?

Will it plow a field for you?

11 Given its strength, can you trust it?

Can you leave and trust the ox to do your work?

12 Can you rely on it to bring home your grain

and deliver it to your threshing floor?

13 “The ostrich flaps her wings grandly,

but they are no match for the feathers of the stork.

14 She lays her eggs on top of the earth,

letting them be warmed in the dust.

15 She doesn’t worry that a foot might crush them

or a wild animal might destroy them.

16 She is harsh toward her young,

as if they were not her own.

She doesn’t care if they die.

17 For God has deprived her of wisdom.

He has given her no understanding.

18 But whenever she jumps up to run,

she passes the swiftest horse with its rider.

19 “Have you given the horse its strength

or clothed its neck with a flowing mane?

20 Did you give it the ability to leap like a locust?

Its majestic snorting is terrifying!

21 It paws the earth and rejoices in its strength

when it charges out to battle.

22 It laughs at fear and is unafraid.

It does not run from the sword.

23 The arrows rattle against it,

and the spear and javelin flash.

24 It paws the ground fiercely

and rushes forward into battle when the ram’s horn blows.

25 It snorts at the sound of the horn.

It senses the battle in the distance.

It quivers at the captain’s commands and the noise of battle.

26 “Is it your wisdom that makes the hawk soar

and spread its wings toward the south?

27 Is it at your command that the eagle rises

to the heights to make its nest?

28 It lives on the cliffs,

making its home on a distant, rocky crag.

29 From there it hunts its prey,

keeping watch with piercing eyes.

30 Its young gulp down blood.

Where there’s a carcass, there you’ll find it.”

37 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.

Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goeth out of his mouth.

He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.

After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.

God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.

He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.

Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.

10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.

11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud:

12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth.

13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.

14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

15 Dost thou know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?

16 Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?

17 How thy garments are warm, when he quieteth the earth by the south wind?

18 Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?

19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.

20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.

21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passeth, and cleanseth them.

22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.

23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

24 Men do therefore fear him: he respecteth not any that are wise of heart.

38 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

14 It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth?

25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder;

26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man;

27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew?

29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?

30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee?

35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?

36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?

37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven,

38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,

40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait?

41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

39 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?

Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth?

They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows.

Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn; they go forth, and return not unto them.

Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass?

Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings.

He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver.

The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?

10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him?

12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: her labour is in vain without fear;

17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder?

20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible.

21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men.

22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword.

23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield.

24 He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.

25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south?

27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high?

28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place.

29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off.

30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”Psalm 116:10 (see Septuagint)Ps 116:10 Since we have that same spirit ofOr Spirit-given faith,1Co 12:9 we also believe and therefore speak,14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the deadS Ac 2:24 will also raise us with Jesus1Th 4:14 and present us with you to himself.Eph 5:27; Col 1:22; Jude 2415 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving2Co 1:11; 9:11 to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart.ver 1; Ps 18:45 Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardlyRo 7:22 we are being renewedPs 103:5; Isa 40:31; Col 3:10 day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.Ps 30:5; Ro 8:18; 1Pe 1:6, 718 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,2Co 5:7; Ro 8:24; Heb 11:1 since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Awaiting the New Body

For we know that if the earthly1Co 15:47 tentIsa 38:12; 2Pe 1:13, 14 we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.Meanwhile we groan,ver 4; Ro 8:23 longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,ver 4; 1Co 15:53, 54because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.For while we are in this tent, we groanver 2; Ro 8:23 and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling,ver 2; 1Co 15:53, 54 so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.Ro 8:23; 2Co 1:22; Eph 1:13, 14

Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord.For we live by faith, not by sight.1Co 13:12; S 2Co 4:18We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.S Jn 12:26So we make it our goal to please him,Ro 14:18; Eph 5:10; Col 1:10; 1Th 4:1 whether we are at home in the body or away from it.10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due usS Mt 16:27; Ac 10:42; Ro 2:16; 14:10; Eph 6:8 for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

13 But we continue to preach because we have the same kind of faith the psalmist had when he said, “I believed in God, so I spoke.”Ps 116:10.14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus,Some manuscripts read who raised Jesus. will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits areGreek our inner being is. being renewed every day.17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

New Bodies

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.Greek we will not be naked.While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life.God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.

So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord.For we live by believing and not by seeing.Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.So whether we are here in this body or away from this body, our goal is to please him.10 For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.

13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:

If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Psalm 44:9-26

But now you have rejectedS Ps 43:2 and humbled us;S Dt 8:3; S 31:17; Ps 107:39; Isa 5:15

you no longer go out with our armies.S Jos 7:12; Ps 108:11

10 You made us retreatS Lev 26:17 before the enemy,

and our adversaries have plunderedS Jdg 2:14 us.

11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheepver 22; Jer 12:3

and have scattered us among the nations.S Lev 26:33; S Ps 9:11; Eze 6:8; Zec 2:6

12 You sold your people for a pittance,S Dt 32:30; Isa 52:3; Jer 15:13; 50:1; 52:3

gaining nothing from their sale.

13 You have made us a reproachS 2Ch 29:8; Isa 30:3; Jer 25:9; 42:18; 44:8 to our neighbors,Ps 79:4; 80:6; 89:41

the scornS Dt 28:37; S Mic 2:6 and derisionEze 23:32 of those around us.

14 You have made us a bywordS 1Ki 9:7 among the nations;

the peoples shake their headsS 2Ki 19:21 at us.

15 I live in disgraceGe 30:23; 2Ch 32:21; Ps 35:26 all day long,

and my face is covered with shameS Ps 34:5

16 at the tauntsS Ps 42:10 of those who reproach and revilePs 10:13; 55:3; 74:10 me,

because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.S 1Sa 18:25; S Jer 11:19; Ro 12:19

17 All this came upon us,

though we had not forgottenS Dt 6:12; S 32:18; Ps 119:16, 61, 153, 176; Pr 3:1 you;

we had not been false to your covenant.

18 Our hearts had not turnedPs 119:51, 157 back;

our feet had not strayed from your path.

19 But you crushedS 2Ch 14:13; Ps 51:8 us and made us a haunt for jackals;S Job 30:29; S Isa 34:13

you covered us over with deep darkness.S Job 3:5

20 If we had forgottenS Dt 32:18; S Jdg 3:7 the name of our God

or spread out our hands to a foreign god,S Ex 20:3; Isa 43:12; Jer 5:19

21 would not God have discovered it,

since he knows the secrets of the heart?S 1Sa 16:7; 1Ki 8:39; Pr 15:11; Jer 12:3; 17:10

22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheepS ver 11 to be slaughtered.Isa 53:7; Jer 11:19; 12:3; Ro 8:36*

23 Awake,S Ps 7:6 Lord! Why do you sleep?Ps 78:65

Rouse yourself!Ps 59:5 Do not reject us forever.Ps 74:1; 77:7

24 Why do you hide your faceS Dt 32:20; Ps 13:1

and forgetLa 5:20 our misery and oppression?S Dt 26:7

25 We are brought down to the dust;Ps 119:25

our bodies cling to the ground.

26 Rise upS Nu 10:35; S Ps 12:5; 102:13 and help us;

rescuePs 26:11 us because of your unfailing love.Ps 6:4

But now you have tossed us aside in dishonor.

You no longer lead our armies to battle.

10 You make us retreat from our enemies

and allow those who hate us to plunder our land.

11 You have butchered us like sheep

and scattered us among the nations.

12 You sold your precious people for a pittance,

making nothing on the sale.

13 You let our neighbors mock us.

We are an object of scorn and derision to those around us.

14 You have made us the butt of their jokes;

they shake their heads at us in scorn.

15 We can’t escape the constant humiliation;

shame is written across our faces.

16 All we hear are the taunts of our mockers.

All we see are our vengeful enemies.

17 All this has happened though we have not forgotten you.

We have not violated your covenant.

18 Our hearts have not deserted you.

We have not strayed from your path.

19 Yet you have crushed us in the jackal’s desert home.

You have covered us with darkness and death.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God

or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods,

21 God would surely have known it,

for he knows the secrets of every heart.

22 But for your sake we are killed every day;

we are being slaughtered like sheep.

23 Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep?

Get up! Do not reject us forever.

24 Why do you look the other way?

Why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?

25 We collapse in the dust,

lying face down in the dirt.

26 Rise up! Help us!

Ransom us because of your unfailing love.

But thou hast cast off, and put us to shame; and goest not forth with our armies.

10 Thou makest us to turn back from the enemy: and they which hate us spoil for themselves.

11 Thou hast given us like sheep appointed for meat; and hast scattered us among the heathen.

12 Thou sellest thy people for nought, and dost not increase thy wealth by their price.

13 Thou makest us a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and a derision to them that are round about us.

14 Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

15 My confusion is continually before me, and the shame of my face hath covered me,

16 For the voice of him that reproacheth and blasphemeth; by reason of the enemy and avenger.

17 All this is come upon us; yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

18 Our heart is not turned back, neither have our steps declined from thy way;

19 Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;

21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.

22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

23 Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression?

25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

26 Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies' sake.

Proverbs 22:13

13 The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside!Pr 26:13

I’ll be killed in the public square!”

13 The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion out there!

If I go outside, I might be killed!”

13 The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

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